As always, mascot Ardee Fox presided over the Championships. This year, he had some new friends. His new tablecloth was made by Monique Beringer.
Starting point for the two-meter competition on Saturday morning was next to the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake. It was about a 15-minute walk from the camp.
The trail that we used for the starting corridor was also used by horseback riders.
Groups of up to four started at five-minute intervals, coincident with fox #1 beginning its transmission. The four are always in different age/gender categories. Here at the starting line are Paul Gruettner WB9ODQ, Csaba Tiszttarto and Monique Beringer.
Waiting for the automatic starting tones are Nadia Scharlau, George Neal KF6YKN and Jay Hennigan WB6RDV. Each of them will win a USA gold medal in his/her category.
William Wright awaits his turn at the two-meter starting line. He is an experienced orienteer from the San Francisco Bay area at his first ARDF Championships.
Neil Robin WA7NBF sets out on his first USA Championships course, on his way to a USA bronze medal in M60 category. Competitors must go to the end of the starting corridor and be out of sight from the starting line before they can turn on their ARDF receivers.
Ken Harker WM5R of Austin, Texas heads out the two-meter starting corridor. Everyone competes as an individual. There is no teaming or assistance allowed on the championship courses.
Brigitte Roethe runs through the two-meter corridor, followed by her husband Nick DF1FO. Each will take home a Visitor gold medal from this hunt.
Bryan Ackerly VK3YNG, followed by Bob Frey WA6EZV.
At the finish line, volunteer Richard Thompson WA6NOL (wearing cap) took down the exact finish times as a backup to the electronic scoring. Joining him in cheering for Jay Thompson W6JAY were Richard's brother and niece. (By April Moell WA6OPS)
Dale Hunt WB6BYU is almost to the two-meter finish and a USA bronze medal in M50. He needs to get to the electronic scoring post at lower left.
George Neal KF6YKN in the two-meter finish corridor, about to win a USA gold medal in M40.
Bryan Ackerly VK3YNG in the woods, almost to the two-meter finish corridor. He won Visitor gold in M21 category.
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This page updated 14 May 2008